New Hampshire has lost many of its important historic buildings to fire, neglect, intentional demolition and re-development. In some cases, a plaque or marker provides a physical reminder of what was, but in other examples, no tangible evidence remains.
Maggie Stier showcases some of the celebrated buildings that New Hampshire has lost, and explores how and why we remember and commemorate those losses. Her program will draw from historical and contemporary photographs, maps, and other historical records to explore the significance of these structures, explain their eventual fate, and analyze popular responses to the loss. Particular attention will be devoted to places where a building was memorialized in some way.
Examples in this illustrated talk will include the simple wooden signs where the hotels in Bethlehem once stood, a large-scale installation of architectural fragments in Concord, and the birthplaces of several notable citizens. Audiences will be challenged to think about other examples, and consider the ways in which we remember what isn't there any longer.
Hosted by: Orford Historical Society
Funded project of New Hampshire Humanities. New Hampshire Humanities is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities,